‘Something is very, very wrong here’, one local warned (Picture: NCJ Media)

Countless thousands of sea creatures are washing up on beaches in the north east of England in an unprecedented disaster which has horrified locals.

Piles of animals were found in ‘waist deep’ seaweed in some cases, with crabs, lobsters and various other crustaceans scattered across the sand on the Teeside coast.

Residents said the incident is the ‘worst’ they have ever seen and will add to growing concerns about the future marine wildlife amid the climate crisis ahead of Glasgow’s COP26 environmental summit.

The Environment Agency has launched an investigation and is looking into whether pollution is to blame.

It comes after the Government voted to allow polluting companies to dump raw sewage into British waterways.